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December 16, 2017
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Updated: Dec. 16 (20:00)
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Hurricane Harvey Relief to Teamster Members

Message from Teamster Local 988 President Robert Mele:

Links will be posted here to assist and inform our members of services and information they may need. Please go to the IBT Disaster Relief link and file for the IBT assistance if you have suffered loss of property. Any Teamster member who receives the International relief will receive the Local 988 relief.  Additionally go to the AFLCIO relief assistance and file for thier relief. 

If your company did not compensate you for the days not worked during the Hurricane, please file for Disaster Unemployment at this link:

Texas Disaster Unemployment

The Teamster Local 988 Executive Board has passed a motion to set up a Local Disaster Relief Fund and to initially fund it with $50,000. This motion was approved by the membership at the September 17, 2017 General Membership meeting. This fund will be up and running as soon as physically possible. As of September 29, 2017 there are 135 members who have filed for the IBT relief. The Local asked for any member who had a FEMA acceptance letter to recieve six (6) months of dues relief to get them through the holidays. If this dues relief is approved, the local asked for those members who recieve the dues relief to maintain their twenty-four (24) month eligibility for this specific case only.  Once we receive approval the local will impliment the dues relief.

Please check back here for more information. Together we will get through this with the help of our International and fellow Brothers and Sisters!


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Mortgage Relief from Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac for Homeowners Affected by Harvey and Irma If you are affected by Hurricane Harvey or Irma, you may be eligible to temporarily stop making your monthly mortgage payment for up to 12 months. , You must contact your mortgage servicer (the company where you send your monthly payments) as soon as possible.
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Aug 29, 2017
Dear TeamCare Member:   The Trustees of TeamCare are concerned about the devastating effect the flooding crisis has had on the people affected by Hurricane Harvey, especially our TeamCare members.   While state and local officials continue to improve conditions, the TeamCare Trustees have taken action to assist our members during this crisis.
Aug 29, 2017

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The federal government has made a major disaster declaration for Harris County and most of Southeast Texas. If your home or business has been damaged by Harvey, you can apply for federal assistance through FEMA. If you are able to do so, you can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or https://www.disasterassistance.gov/es (en español).
Aug 29, 2017
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As you know, our region is still in a state of emergency and there is flooding throughout. Flooding is still a serious threat and there are hazardous conditions across the region. People who are safely sheltered in place should remain there and avoid unnecessary travel. Know that even after the rain ceases, it may take several days before floodwaters completely recede.  If you need to seek shelter elsewhere, check here for neighborhood shelter sites. For info on how to support relief efforts, click here.
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Today I want to focus on insurance claims for damage done to your home.  Everyone who has  property damage should begin the process of filing insurance claims ASAP: Carefully document all damage to  your property and all of your correspondence with your insurance company. You may have seen various messages circulating on social media that you must file an insurance claim before  Friday, September 1 2017 because of a new law that is going into effect. Some of it is accurate and some of it is not. Here is what you need to know:
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Yes, a new law is about to go into effect that reduces the leverage that a homeowner has against an insurance company, which makes it easier for companies to deny and delay certain claims.  Here are the two main takeaways:
  • The new law applies to wind damage claims for private insurance homeowner's policies, but it does NOT apply to  Texas Windstorm Insurance Association policyholders, which provides windstorm insurance in coastal counties.
  • The new law does NOT apply to flood damage, which is governed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  
Bottom line: If you are a policyholder that will be impacted by this new law based on the information provided above and you have storm damage claims from Hurricane Harvey: You should file your claim prior to September 1, 2017 if at all possible. 
  • Be sure to provide written notice to your insurance company with the date prominently displayed on the notice and keep a copy of it for your records. Review your policy requirements for providing written notice, including how to file a claim electronically via email or insurance company  website. Begin this process as soon as possible. 
  • If you are unable to file a claim prior to September 1, 2017, you will still be able to do so after that date. The primary difference will be a reduction in penalty interest from 18% to 10% that an insurance company owes you if they fail to fully pay a legitimate claim in a timely manner. 
  • Please note: If you have water damage in your home that appears to be coming from a leak in the roof or other opening and not from flooding, that is most likely a wind damage claim. 
 
Flood Insurance
Flood insurance is administered by the NFIP and has strict Proof of Loss procedures. Begin the process ASAP. Be sure to carefully document all damage with photographs and videos as soon you are able to do so. For a detailed step-by-step process on how to file a flood damage claim you can click here or see document below:
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I will continue to bring you the accurate information that you need to stay safe and begin the relief and recovery process from Harvey and Houston Flood. I know anxieties are running high and we are doing everything in our power to help members make it through these devastating events.  



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